Pilot season continues to heat up, with Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams selling another pilot, his second this week. This time JJ and his fellow Trek producer Bryan Burk are returning to sci-fi with a mysterious post-apocalyptic series for NBC titled Revolution. Details below.
Abrams sells Revolution to NBC
Earlier this week we reported that JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company sold a hotel-based one-hour drama titled Shelter to The CW. Abrams is mostly known on TV for mysterious genre shows like Lost, Fringe and the recently-premiered Alcatraz. His latest pitch picked up by NBC looks like it could fit into that mold. Titled Revolution, the show’s description sounds promising:
“In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.”
Abrams last worked with NBC on his spy couple series Undercovers, which was cancelled half way through its first season in 2010. Abrams later admitted he "f–ked up" on that show, but apparently NBC still want to work with the prolific producer.
Abrams and Burk will executive-produce the project for Warner Brothers Television. The pilot was written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.
Abrams currently has 3 shows on the air (Person of Interest on CBS plus Fringe and Alcatraz on Fox). If both his pilots (Shelter and Revolution) get picked up, and none of his other shows get cancelled, Bad Robot could have five TV series going next season.